Sunday, September 20, 2009

"My Favorite View -Fall", plein air oil painting, Sharon Lynn Williams

"My Favorite View -Fall", plein air oil painting, 8 x 10"

This is, as the title suggests, one of my favorite places to paint the rolling ranch and farmland of the Rocky Mountain foothills. This view changes dramatically in colour with the seasons, and the field colours change with the crops. Of course the mountain shapes never change, but their colour and value sure do depending on the weather and time of day. So it is always an interesting scene.

By the way this is the 201'st post on this blog -what a milestone! (didn't notice the 200'th one :0) I want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of you who read this blog on a regular basis. You make doing this an incredible joy, and I owe a large part of my growth as a plein air artist to this 'almost' daily commitment along with the kind words and encouragement that you share in your comments. So thank you again, and please stay tuned!

I have just returned from an invigorating 3 day artists' retreat at the new Diamond Willow Artisan Retreat in Turner Valley, AB. Owners Pat and Doug have built a dream home on the Highwood River that is absolutely amazing. They are planning on hosting art workshops and retreats, and I would HIGHLY recommend signing up for one. We were extremely pampered and well fed while we painted on their gorgeous property. With 10 high spirited artists painting and living together, I can say I haven't laughed that much in way too long! I will post those paintings in a couple of days (they need to lose their shine so I can get good photos).

Workshop Lesson #14: I believe that God has called me to be an artist, although sometimes it seems so incredibly hard. I need to remind myself that He will enable me to what He has called me to do. When I lean on His strength rather than my own, and trust that He will pull me through, painting becomes full of joy and life.


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Carol Nelson said...

This is beautiful, Sharon. I bet it would look good in a larger format too.

Sharon said...

Thanks Carol! I would love to try it really large in a square format.